I Am An "Only Child" and Both My Parents Are Dead

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    I Feel Like An Orphan At 39.

    I lost my mom at 17 and just last year my dad passed away.  I wish I had brothers and sisters to talk and share stuff.  I've always felt out of place anyway in my family, especially my extended family.  It also doesn't help that I'm not in a serious...
    alwaysblue alwaysblue
    36-40, F
    5 Responses May 7, 2008

    The police took my dad

    when i was 14 and deported him my 2 siblings and my mother and i ofcourse stayed for a better life and we loved our father but he was getting lonely and depressed not seeing my sisters, my mom and i and he killed himself when i was 16 my mom left when i was 16 also ive been...
    jaketurmandakh jaketurmandakh
    22-25, M
    1 Response Mar 2, 2014

    My mom passed away several months ago of

    cervical cancer. I'm 22 years old and an only child. She was a single parent and pretty much the only real family i had left. I feel disconnected from people and feel as if i'm just getting further and further away from any possible connection with others. I'm currently in the...
    JMHR91 JMHR91
    26-30, M
    4 Responses Sep 4, 2014

    Long Suffering Depression

    I had older parents (I was born when my dad was 40, mom 38. Moved around four times through age 10. Very shy and awkward with making friends as we just kept moving. My mom was super nurturing and my best friend growing up we talked about lots. My dad was angry and depressed a...
    Froomcat Froomcat
    51-55, M
    Sep 20, 2013

    I Lost My Parents

    I lost my dad when I was 13 years old he had a heart attack that was in 2008 I miss him a lot and in 2012 I lost my mother that's was the worst she was fighting breast cancer and its only me and my sister left so we don't have an older brother or older sister I'm the oldest and I...
    irawna irawna
    2 Responses Dec 24, 2012

    Long Story..

    Well, I was 2 My mother died while giving birth to me because the doctor could only save one she was 18 in a village in Kashmir and she died.My dad was devastated he gave me up for adoption because he thought i deserved a better life. Because he couldn't afford to feed himself...
    ukele9342 ukele9342
    Aug 25, 2012

    I Am An 'Only Child' And Both My Parents Passed Away.

    I'm 21 and today my mother passed away in hospice from lung cancer. My father passed when I was 15 from mixed drug toxicity. I was at the hospital today and she was unresponsive. I held her hand and told her I love her over and over again. I told her I didn't want her to suffer...
    Joshrh1 Joshrh1
    22-25, M
    1 Response Oct 26, 2013

    Today is the anniv. day my mother committed

    suicide. I am an only child of 45 years. No one else understands that has other family. It's been 15 years and it just doesn't get any easier. I miss her each and every day that goes by.
    Yv1Florida Yv1Florida
    46-50, F
    1 Response Dec 31, 2015

    Feeling Alone

    I was born to my parent when they were in their 40s. I was an only child with older parents. My parents and family were good to me and I had a good childhood. My mom died when I was 16 from breast cancer. I don't feel like the women in my life stepped up to guide me. My dad died...
    Regina82 Regina82
    31-35, F
    2 Responses May 28, 2013

    I Was An Only Child And Both My Parents Have Passed Away.

    I adored my mom and dad. They were the world to me and I to them. We were so terribly close and always lived within short driving distances. I was blessed to have had them, you see I was adopted at age 2 and could not have had more devoted, and unconditional loving parents...
    Kelseyisdespondent Kelseyisdespondent
    56-60, F
    4 Responses Nov 6, 2013

    44 And Alone..................

    I am 44 years old, an only child, father died when I was 10 years old, mother died 5 years ago...I have never been married, have no kids, didn't know my father's family, and my mother was on in age when I was born, most of her siblings died before her, except one sister. i have...
    enaixaix enaixaix
    41-45, F
    4 Responses Jan 19, 2010

    Both My Parents Are Deceased and I Dont Know What to Dofr

    hello everyone dont really know what or why im doing this but both my parents are dead and i dont know what to do. My Mom died when i was 2 from suicide and my dad the same way when i was 18 i am now 24 and dont have much of any family at all. im broke with credit card bills and...
    mplsallin1 mplsallin1
    1 Response Jun 27, 2009

    I see that everyone in this group shares an

    exceptional / traumatic circumstance beyond their control...we are all only children whos parent have passed away....my circumstances are that both my parents were only children and their parents were estranged from their families, meaning, i have NO relatives that i know or...
    gotjeep65 gotjeep65
    51-55, F
    1 Response Sep 3, 2014


    My mother died when I was 15 and my father died when I was 19.   Both of them were older when I born.  She had a heart condition and he died of asbestos related cancer.  I am tired.  
    uvali uvali
    41-45, F
    3 Responses Jul 17, 2011

    Feel Like An Orphan At 50!

    A little about me... very successful, educated, divorced with no kids. Dad died when I was extremely young, so no memory of him. All my life it was mom who was supportive, nurturing and tough... there for me through college raising her only child.  She was educated...
    paradisephoenix paradisephoenix
    46-50, F
    9 Responses Jan 17, 2010

    I Don'T Feel Loved

    Im 13 years old in 8th grade and i don't feel like parents really love me anymore. i sometimes feel unwanted as if they would send me away if they could. i dont know what to do any more im top of my class and i still cant impress them. Ive thought of cutting my self and about...
    JoeGtz JoeGtz
    2 Responses Feb 4, 2013

    Orphaned At Sixteen

    When I was sixteen, both of my parents died. My mom was an alcoholic with liver disease; my step-dad had a heart attack at work eight months later. Children's Aid said I was too old for them to take care of me. My aunts and uncles didn't seem to want to, except for one, who...
    joeyjojoshabadoobie joeyjojoshabadoobie
    3 Responses Aug 13, 2012

    I have lost my whole family

    when I was around 18. one by one in a very short while, also had to move away from my home and went to live alone. I was very protected as a child but had been bulied and molested I found myself extremely lost and scared and lost almost all contact with my emotions, I was...
    deleted deleted
    Sep 29, 2014

    I Miss My Parents

    My parents really loved me . They loved me so much that my every wish was fulfilled . I could not have asked for better parents but then they were taken away from me in a car accident . It has been 4 months since that accident and i still miss them alot. Not a single day passes...
    deleted deleted
    4 Responses Feb 27, 2013

    Both My Parents Are Dead And Im Going Through Major Depression!

    hooks27 hooks27
    36-40, M
    3 Responses Nov 13, 2012

    I Feel So Lonely

    Hi people my parents have both passed now both from cancer my mother two years ago my father five years ago I miss my mother so much I feel so lonely in this world I just hate this please help me feel better
    Doeface Doeface
    51-55, F
    Oct 28, 2013

    I lost my father in the age of just 22

    and lost my mother in December 2013. I have no brother and sister as well as no body to share my loneliness .That's why i always looking for friends ,with whom i can share my joys and sorrows . looking for friends around the world ... Have a nice Life !
    rajeevras rajeevras
    46-50, M
    3 Responses Feb 7, 2014

    It Is Normal

    to feel the way we all do. I see that, reading through these stories. I never knew my father. My mother raised me but we had a tough relationship. My grandmother was great, but died maybe 15 years ago. Then my mom 10 years ago, and 3 years ago, her only brother, by uncle. I have...
    lissac67 lissac67
    4 Responses Sep 27, 2011

    Feel So Alone

    I am an only child, born 2 years after a sister died at age 10.... I am the replacement child... My dad died 18 years ago. my mom died 3 months ago.... I miss her so much, normal i know.. I never had kids and now wish I had.... feel some guilt for not giving my mom grandkids, too...
    catmoon53 catmoon53
    56-60, F
    4 Responses Feb 9, 2011

    Was Alone As Was Only Child..but Now All Alone In This Whole World :(

    diya243 diya243
    26-30, F
    2 Responses Dec 5, 2012

    I'm So Alone ...

    I brought my mother home to die...she had chronic COPD. She lasted one day. She was a single parent, handicapped with Rheumatoid Arthritis since I was nine. My father passed away five years ago from the same illness. I'm not married and I have no children. I'll be forty-two. My...
    Elmera Elmera
    4 Responses Apr 12, 2010

    Only Child, 35

    I am 35. My mom passed away when I was 31. I never met my father. My mom and grandparents raised me. My grandparents passed away close to 20 years ago. I have 4 children. I just had a 10 year marriage end in divorce. Its been a struggle these past few weeks. Im realizing I have a...
    swozzie95 swozzie95
    2 Responses Oct 3, 2012

    Both Parents Passed Away Together, Suddenly

    Hello Everyone, may peace be upon you all I was away from home, in college, when both my parents took a trip overseas to visit our extended family. I received a call the next day from my uncle being vague, and asking me to come telling me that my mother and father had an...
    tamo70 tamo70
    22-25, M
    1 Response Feb 27, 2010

    Only Child Part-time Parents

    lets see...where do i start ?lol welll im 22 years old live with both of my parents but being raised by them is a whole nother story. My mom is works for ford motor company and has been for 15+ years her job requires her to work long hours so coming up i never really seen her nor...
    sosher sosher
    Jun 28, 2012


    My name is Drew and i am 21 years old. I am an only child of parents who never married in their lives. They split up when i was 5 and never got back together. My relationship with my Father was always estranged. At the age of 15, I lost my Father t brain cancer. He was 40. But...
    btmn91 btmn91
    5 Responses Mar 12, 2013

    I Am An "only Child" And Both My Parents Are Dead

    April 25th 2008 I define that date is the lots of happiness my father passed away I saw him dead in the ground blood everywhere he had heart attack my smile from that day got vanished, my mother got really sick after that which she had was breast cancer so she die in February...
    londonA londonA
    18-21, F
    1 Response Dec 24, 2012

    I Am The Last Out Of 3children And My Parents And My Elder Sister Are Dead The Died In The Period Of 3years

    now i want to go back to school i don't have any uncle nor aunty cause my paternal family is full of step sister and step brother same to my maternal, ever since 2008. i finish my secondary school till date i can't further ahead to go back to school , i my siblings are...
    joyidarauko joyidarauko
    22-25, F
    Jul 27, 2013

    I Won My Life After Death Of My Parents I Was Only Child

    My name is sapna i am from india i was daughter to my parentsi don hav any sibblings, at the age of Twentyone my mom died with heart attack when she died on the day night i alone was in the home my dad is a business man who goes to abroad leaving me and my mom alone in our place...
    veenashree veenashree
    2 Responses Jul 17, 2013

    24, Only Child And Both My Parents Are Gone

    Well, I'm not too sure how this is going to be read if at all but here goes. My mother died last year in march from lung cancer which she ha d been battling for over 6 years. I struggled with bulimia ( I am a male) poor body image, alcoholism, and pushing everyone away but I...
    jdbailey22 jdbailey22
    22-25, M
    6 Responses Sep 14, 2012

    Feeling Like An Orphan At 41

    It was amazing to find a group of people that are just like me... an only child whose parents have both passed away.  I lost my Mom 6 years ago after a battle with Alzheimers and then I lost my Day 7 months ago to heart failure.  It has been difficult and extremely lonely.  I...
    liz42 liz42
    4 Responses May 12, 2012

    How Do You Teach Kids About Family When You Don't Have Any?

    That's the hardest part for me. Growing up, I was my own best friend. I was also very close to my dad and my grandparents. My mom was an only child, too, and my dad only had one brother who never had any kids. AND I'm adopted! So, my family really treasured me and put a lot...
    vavamama vavamama
    26-30, F
    1 Response Jul 13, 2008


    I am 24 years old, an only child, and both my parents are dead. My stepfather had a heart attack when I was 9 in the high school I then attended since my mother worked there as well. She had battled bipolar & manic depression, had several gruesome suicide attempts before finally...
    WildFlower17 WildFlower17
    26-30, F
    6 Responses May 4, 2013

    Im All Alone

    How should i start...because my heart breaks apart... Im ray age 28 an only child n my mother age 50 passed away all of a sudden recently due to stress related heart attack... I had been suspended in my job wthout my fault n was stressed i had shared my problm with my mom n...
    Rehaan99 Rehaan99
    31-35, M
    Nov 26, 2013

    Now I Know...

    I think I finally get the value of family since I've lost both my parents.  I don't "get it" because I have this amazing family surrounding me... I "get it" because I don't.  I'm an only child so once both my parents were dead it became clear to me...
    roseonmyown roseonmyown
    36-40, F
    3 Responses Mar 23, 2008

    I Am An Only Child, My Parents Are Gone, And I'M Out of Everything.

     I too am an only child. I am 59. Divorced twice. I have one 18 year old son, who has been the recipient of so much of my grief. I do not live where I was raised, and can't. I am running the family business that my ex husband walked away from, a year after the death of my Mother...
    jodyr1 jodyr1
    1 Response May 5, 2013

    45-year-old Only Child Here, With A Stepfamily That Isn't A Family At All

    I'm a 45-year-old only child and lost my mom to cancer when I was 15. The one-year anniversary of my dad's death is coming up shortly. My somewhat unusual situation is having a stepfamily in the mix. I'm not close to any of them. In fact, the whole thing has been a charade...
    AloneAt45 AloneAt45
    41-45, M
    4 Responses Sep 16, 2012

    Well, I'm not sure if anyone will read this,

    but I figured it was worth it to try. I am a female, 23 year old only child who has lost both parents within the last two years. I lost my mother on Friday, the 13th of January 2012, which was four days after my 22nd birthday. She was killed suddenly in a car accident. She was...
    stina27 stina27
    26-30, F
    5 Responses Jan 4, 2014

    I'm 21 And Have Lost Both Parents

    My mum passed away of cancer in december 2009 after a 2 year battle, my dad passed away last month due to heart failure, he was in his 80's and quite a lot older than my mum was. Since mum passed I had cared for and lived with dad while juggling a full time job. Now that they're...
    Ecrate Ecrate
    6 Responses Jun 5, 2012
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